• Planting an Idea

    An operator takes a chance and turns a patron complaint into a new opportunity for her and his facility.

     
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    Hawaiian Adventures

    Aulani, a Disney resort and spa, is a state-of-the-art property that combines the magic of Disney with the beauty and history of Hawaii

     
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    Worth 1,000 Words

    Turns out what they say about pictures is true

     
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    Season Passes Can Offer Operator, Guest Value

    A new expert analysis indicates that season pass options across the waterpark industry vary widely and provides a look at what parks across the nation are offering

     
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    Pool Chlorine Tied to Lung Damage in Elite Swimmers

    A new study shows competitive swimmers training at indoor chlorinated swimming pools may have lung changes like what is seen in people with mild asthma

     
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    Red Cross Survey May Signal Price Changes

    Officials at the American Red Cross are reviewing results of a survey meant to further address concerns over a new pricing structure.

     
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    Aqua Star Sues Hayward

    AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego filed a lawsuit last month accusing Hayward Industries of engaging in anticompetitive practices

     
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    Former Mass Pool Operators Accept Plea Deal

    Two men formerly responsible for managing operations at the Massachusetts pool where Marie Joseph drowned last June have accepted a plea deal, admitting that they allowed swimming in unsafe cloudy water conditions

     
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    New Year Brings Growth Opportunities

    As the economy bounces back, it appears that new aquatic projects are likely to show up in some relatively unexpected places.

     
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    Mass. Pool Managers Charged with Reckless Endangerment

    Two former Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation managers are facing charges of reckless endangerment of a child, in connection with the 2011 drowning death of 36-year-old Marie Joseph

     
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    USLA Seeks Input on Open-Water Guideline Revamp

    In the wake of the 2010 death of swimmer Fran Crippen, the United States Lifesaving Association is looking to update its guidelines on open water swimming event safety

     
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    Planting an Idea

    We all have patrons who complain. Many times we’ve heard the same issue hundreds of times and are not listening or we are distracted.

     
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    Taking a Hard Look

    The new year is an exciting time, a chance to start anew

     
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    Removing Barriers

    For the nearly 20 percent of the population with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act removed architectural and social barriers that had prevented them from enjoying the same privileges of living in the United States as able-bodied citizens

     
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    Larissa Rodriguez

    Larissa Rodriguez only learned to swim last year at age 40, and now she’s making waves across the aquatics industry

     
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    Terri Smith

    Through her work as an aquatic designer and president-elect of the Association of Aquatic Professionals, Terri Smith is bringing her extensive professional aquatics background to a national audience

     
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    Jennifer White

    For Jennifer White, swimming is all in the family. As a child, she was introduced to competitive swimming through a cousin who was an elite swimmer on the national level

     
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    Nick Neuman

    You could say Nick Neuman was born to be an aquatics industry leader

     
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    John Oliver

    In some ways, John Oliver could be considered the first aquatics “YouTube star.” He started as an intern at West Bend Mutual Insurance in 2008 with just a love of swimming and some knowledge of insurance/risk management

     
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    Mary Reilly-Magee

    Mary Reilly-Magee’s mother could not swim, but she was adamant that her children would become proficient

     
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    Adam Katchmarchi

    It wasn’t that long ago that Adam Katchmarchi was just a water baby who spent his summers dreaming about the day he would be old enough to be a lifeguard

     
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    Teri McKeever

    When Teri McKeever accepted her first swim coach position in 1984, she probably never imagined she would make history

     
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    Rhonda Milner

    A tragedy brought Rhonda Milner to the aquatics industry, and in less than a year, she has been able to use the power of her story to bring attention to an often overlooked killer

     
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    Gareth Hedges

    With the title of associate general counsel, it’s not immediately clear that Gareth Hedges has anything to do with aquatics

     
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    Tom Hellmann

    As recreation supervisor I, overseeing aquatics for the Cosumnes Community Services District Parks & Recreation Department in Elk Grove, Calif

     
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    Michele Hlavsa

    “We can do better in protecting the health and safety of swimmers,” Michele Hlavsa asserts

     
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    Chris Griffith

    How can the aquatics industry leverage technology to optimize operations and communication?

     
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    Matt Griffith

    Growing up, Matt Griffith spent lots of time swimming, water skiing, kayaking and white- water rafting

     
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    Carrie Haupert-Fullerton

    Carrie Haupert-Fullerton had some big shoes to fill when she got a job working at the front desk of her local pool, and helping with special events

     
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    Tara Eggleston

    Leading by example, Tara Eggleston is on her way to becoming a key player in efforts to reduce drownings and improve water safety among minority communities

     
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    Jackie Gonzalez

    You might say Jackie Gonzalez is living proof of the idea that “it takes a village

     
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    Manuel Gonzalez

    As a teen, Manuel Gonzalez worked as a lifeguard, and the job helped pay for a private high school, and a college education at Princeton University

     
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    Doug Cook

    As a teenage lifeguard and competitive swimmer, Doug Cook never thought much about a career in pools

     
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    Peter Davis

    Teacher, artist, volunteer, lifesaver … at one time or another, Peter Davis, chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, has been all of these.

     
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    Kevin Dessart

    As owners of the Colorado Springs Swim School, Kevin Dessart and his wife Tina are setting an example in the industry, demonstrating that adopting a business-minded approach can make pool operation financially sustainable

     
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    Kim Burgess

    Speaking with Kim Burgess about drowning prevention, you’d think the thousands of children who die in the water each year were her own

     
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    Justin Caron

    As a student at Auburn University, Justin Caron was a six-time All-American

     
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    Shaun Anderson

    “A multi-tasking role model and advocate who carries a life-saving message and the imperative of diversity into regions and disciplines never before imagined …” Tha ’s how Shaun Anderson was described in front of the U.S. House of

     
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    Manny Banks

    When Manny Banks came to USA Swimming five years ago he had no experience with aquatics

     
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    Clearing the Air

    I remember growing up as a swim team kid in the ’60s and ’70s. Life seemed a little more simple back then

     
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    Techno-invasion

    When the first waterparks came online more than a quarter of a century ago, they represented a whole new world of mechanics and engineering

     
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    All Systems Go

    When Great Wolf Resort guests indicated that online booking was causing frustration, we listened

     
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    The 2012 Power 25

    The 2012 list recognizes a group of professionals poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. Many are already leaders in their own right, who can point to a long list of notable accomplishments.